Bradley Hunt is a Heiltsuk native from Bella Bella, B.C. who has worked hard to carve a distinctive name for himself both as an artist and teacher on the West Coast of Canada. Born May 26, 1946, Bradley began to carve as a young boy. He would follow his father around the Bella Bella community, imitating the older man’s hobby of whittling. Bradley’s artistic talents flourished during his high school years at the Alberni Residential School. He later attended the Vancouver Art School for two years before transferring to the University of British Columbia where he received a Bachelor of Education degree with a double art major in 1973.
Bradley chose to pursue his passion for art on a full time basis after teaching eleven years in elementary schools in both Bella Bella and Sechelt. Settling in Gibsons, B.C. with his family in 1978, Bradley has devoted the past decade of his life to strengthening his spiritual ties with his ancestral culture, reaching beyond the perfection of this artistic craftsmanship to a purer understanding of the natural elements, which are woven beautifully into each of his individual works.
Throughout his successful career, he has been commissioned to carve a variety of pieces including totem poles and talking sticks. Many of his wooden masks have been celebrated in traditional potlatch ceremonies where they were used in combination with Native dance, storytelling, history and song. Bradley’s carvings, as well as his delicate prints and logos, have been displayed and purchased both nationally and internationally in countries as distant as Japan, Russia and Germany. In November of 2002, Coastal Peoples was fortunate to have Bradley contribute two beautiful panels “Thunderbird and Killerwhale” and “Raven and Moon” to our much-anticipated show entitled Storytellers: Oral Tradition of the Northwest Coast.